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The Runaway Pumpkin

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  524 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Kevin Lewis, author of the bestselling Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo, pairs up with award-winning illustrator S. D. Schindler to create the perfect picture book about a pumpkin on the run.

When Buck, Billy, and their little sister Lil spy the biggest pumpkin they've ever seen, they can't resist. Buck and Billy try to roll the pumpkin down the hill to show everyone, but it's too b
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Orchard
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Tory Haberman
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis is about three kids, Buck, Billy, and Lil who find a humongous pumpkin on the top of a hill. Buck and Bill want to show everyone this great big pumpkin and try to roll it down the hill. However, it is so big that they lose control of the pumpkin and it goes rolling and bumping and thumping down the hillside! As it rolls through Momma Baxter’s sty, knocking over Grandpa Baxter, and hurdling towards Poppa Baxter on his tractor, all they could think of is pumpkin ...more
Alyssa Frank
The Runaway Pumpkin is about the Baxter children, Buck, Billy and Lil, who stumble upon the biggest pumpkin they had ever seen. The boys pluck the stem and begin to roll the ginormous pumpkin until they lose control and it topples down the hill, through Mommas sty while she is thinking of Granny's pumpkin pie, through Granpa's coop while he is thinking of Granny's pumpkin soup, and towards Poppa, where he cleverly devised a plan. How will Poppa stop the large pumpkin and save the day.

This rhymin
One Halloween morning, the three Baxter kids climbed the hill near their town.

"And there, upon that hillside,
growing orange, fat and fine,
the budding Baxters found a pumpkin
on a twisty, twirly vine."

While their sister watched, the Baxter boys snapped off that monster pumpkin from the vine at the top of the hill. But they didn't expect what happened next. Oh, no! It's a runaway pumpkin!

S. D. Schindler's illustrations are hilarious as the pumpkin bounces and bumps its way through the pigsty an
Lauren Marotta
The runaway pumpkin is a story of Buck, Billy and Lil Baxter who find a pumpkin that’s the largest in the patch. It rolls all through town and runs over millions of things. Each time someone in the family thinks of something grandma will make like pumpkin soup, or pumpkin bread as the pumpkin comes rolling through town. The end of the story concludes with the pumpkin finally stopping somewhere, and you wonder where it will stop!

The way Runaway Pumpkin fits in with this genre is definitely its rh
Britt Kitko
Summary: When Buck, Billy, and their little sister Lil spy the biggest pumpkin they've ever seen, they can't resist. Buck and Billy try to roll the pumpkin down the hill to show everyone, but it's too big! Before they know it, it's bumping and thumping and rolling out of control down the hillside. It busts through Momma Baxter's sty and makes her think of pumpkin pie. It knocks over Grandpa Baxter and makes him think of pumpkin soup. And when Poppa Baxter finally stops it in a pumpkin bed, all h ...more
Sophie Riggsby
*Review published on Mundie Kids on 10/26/2011*

This is a book that I bought at a Scholastic Book Fair many years ago and it serves as a reminder to me to remember the wonderful fairs that are upcoming at our local schools. I know that Mundie Moms and Mundie Kids check those out faithfully and if you're like me you spend way too much money there. But consider the quality of books you purchase like this one.

A pumpkin that runs away from two little boys and t
Alex Austin
Lewis, Kevin. "The Runaway Pumpkin". Illus. S. D. Schindler. New York: Orchard Books, 2003. Print. This book was about some kids who climbed a hill and found a giant pumpkin which they cut loose and the pumpkin went rolling down and plowing down and destroying everything that was in its path. The towns people finally got the pumpkin to stop and then they made it into a giant jack o lantern. This book used a lot of words on each page. It started to lose my interest in the story because of so many ...more
What might happen when an over-large pumpkin rolls down the hill (with a little nudge from three costumed siblings)?

Great for performing -- be sure to roll arms while repeating the refrain "round and 'round across the ground makin' a thumpin' bumpin' sound came that thumpety bumpety thumpin' bumpin' round and roll-y runaway pumpkin".
Rosa Cline
What a cute rhyming storybook! Text and illustrations both grab you and hold your attention until the end. My 2 year old granddaughter enjoyed the book as I read it to her and from time to time giggled at the antics going on. And in the end Granny saves the day!
Tim Vandenberg
A fun read-together Halloween/Pumpkin rhyming book. Once that pumpkin's cut loose, it's all "Down Hill" from there! :)

(Note: S.D. Schindler is the same artist who illustrated Ursula Le Guin's Catwings series.)

Recommended for early readers (Grades K-2)
Monique Williams
This is a rhyming book that can be used for teaching rhyme and seasons, harvest and science. The activities could be things that are done in the fall. They mention making pumpkin pie and a cooking activity for science would be lots of fun after reading this silly book. It does mention Halloween but you could easily remove that word and just use it as a fall book.
Mariamawit Habtamu
Preschool and older
This is an awesome book to read especially during fall when children are able to see pumpkins around. It’s about Buck, Billy and their baby sister, Lil who spotted a big pumpkin. When Baxter’s family saw the big pumpkin they thought of Granny’s delicious meal, and at the end they all got to enjoy soup, bread and pie.

Learning Experience
After reading this book, I will have different types of pumpkins for children to see. We will look at things that are round, flat, huge, medium
Kindergarten and up will work best unless you have less and shorter books. A good combination of fall and Halloween.
Everything about this fun Halloween book is perfect! We look forward to Halloween because of this runaway pumpkin!
Kids loved the repetition and rhyming. It was OK.
Stephanie Skolmoski
When little Lil watched her “bumbling, big-head brothers” cut the gigantic pumpkin from its vine, disaster is sure to follow. It rolls down the hill through the pig pen, the chicken coop past the cows leaving a mess behind. But all the Baxters can think about are the many things Granny can cook up with that huge pumpkin. Poppa Baxter’s great idea to stop the pumpkin was perfect and so was the Halloween party, once Granny finished cooking!

This is a cute story and great illustrations. Children wil
A giant pumpkin wrecks havoc.
A favorite for R.
Great fall book for kids. My one year old Nd two year old want me to read this to them at least twice a day. We got it from the library initially but they loved it so much I went ahead and bought a copy for our own home-library. I gave it four starts because it has a rhyming scheme to it that works lovely, but in some instances just doesn't make sense. At those points we inserted our own words to make the rhyming work. Overall, a fun fall read for all ages!
Mar 13, 2008 Khinna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Preschool to Grade 2
Shelves: children
My sister-in-law (age 10) left this in my car. Of course, I picked it up and read it. It's a funny Halloween story of three Baxter children who find a huge pumpkin and the boy Baxters promptly try to remove the pumpkin from its perch. It rolls down the hill, and members from his family has designs on things they would like to do or make with a pumpkin (pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup).

Love how all ages of kids get hooked on this one. A very large pumpkin rolls down the hill because the kids uprooted and the father finally plows a whole for it to get caught in. Everyone squeezes it into Grandmas house and she makes everything pumpkin for the whole family while still leaving the shell of the jack-o-lantern to enjoy!
Very fun story to read around Halloween. It discusses a huge pumpkin that is rolling away. The pumpkin crashes through different buildings on the farm, and heads towards the farmers home! Can be used for talking about order of events, or retelling of stories. I used this with my first graders around halloween, and they loved it.
This is a cute children's picture book that is perfect for Halloween read-alouds! The pumpkin at the top of the hill is too big, and is rolling toward disaster! Can anyone stop it? And can Granny Baxter cook up some yummy pumpkin treats? And don't you just love everyone's Halloween costume? Great family fun!

This is a fun, non-scary Halloween book. The kids discover a giant pumpkin at the top of the hill, and it rolls down, taking out half the farm. Then Granny bakes a whole bunch of yummy pumpkin dishes and the family dresses up for Halloween and has their dinner. It's cute, and the rhyme is fun.
The words are arranged in very fun way so children would never get tired of reading this book. I would like to display this book on the book shelf during halloween days. I would let children get to see the great illustration and have them think of some of halloween food they can make with pumpkins.
Ashley Wampler
This book is very cute! It is another rhyming book, in which three children choose a pumpkin. However, when clipped from it's vine, it goes flying downhill possible causing a huge disaster! Quick thinking saves the day and the family enjoys yummy pumpkin treats made by grandma!
Jan 24, 2009 Jami rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents with young children, grade school teachers
Shelves: childrens
A fun book for Halloween time for kids. A rhyming story about 2 brothers and a little sister and what happens when they let loose a giant pumpkin they find on Halloween. It has to be in the top 5 requested books to be read AGAIN by my children. Good fun!
Drew Paige
This would be a great book to read around Halloween time. It also helps children learn more about rhyming. There are a lot of ideas from this book for children to relate to such as costumes, pumpkin pie, etc. I enjoyed the story and the illustrations.
Cayla Lile
The Runaway Pumpkin is such a cute read aloud children's book! It is perfect to read to a class around Halloween. The word use and writing style is great for reading aloud. I would recommend this to any teacher wanting a fun holiday themed read.
We read the French translation of this book, "Citrouille en vadrouille" as one of our autumn bedtime stories. It was a quick, happy read that had my kids laughing at the silliness of the giant, rolling pumpkin.
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